Single Parent Charity Moves to new Headquarters
This Friday Malcolm Chisholm, previous MSP for Edinburgh North and Leith and MP for Edinburgh Leith, will officially open the new headquarters of One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) at 2, York Place in Edinburgh. OPFS is Scotland’s national single parent organisation. Building on seventy years of advocacy and service-delivery expertise, OPFS involves single parents, supports them to have a voice, provides expert information, advice and support, along with training activities, employability programmes and flexible, affordable childcare.
OPFS Director Satwat Rehman said today:
“OPFS has been based in a small flat at 13 Gayfield Square for 30 years and we are very excited to be in new, larger premises which will support the expansion of OPFS services. Our move is about more than a building – it’s symbolic of OPFS journey to transform our services to really meet the needs of single parents and their children.” The new headquarters will coordinate OPFS activity, spread across its 6 sites around Scotland.”
Scottish politician Malcolm Chisholm has agreed to cut the ribbon which will signal the official opening of OPFS new head office. Mr Chisholm has been a great supporter of OPFS over the years and has actively promoted positive policies for single parents and their children at many times in his political career, so OPFS say they are especially delighted that he has agreed to take part. Mr Chisholm said:
“Over decades One Parent Families Scotland has been at the forefront of championing and supporting lone parents and is now more needed than ever with 52 per cent of lone parents living in poverty and worse to come with the roll out of Universal Credit.”
OPFS says poverty in single parent families is rising all over the UK, and they are seeing growing numbers through their doors. The charity aims to increase its provision of services, to build on activities which supported over 6,000 parents, children and young people last year and the new accommodation at York Place will ensure that this important work is able to continue.
OPFS Director Satwat Rehman said the charity chose to remain in Edinburgh and move to larger premises because it means the charity will remain in touch with its roots in the heart of Edinburgh and near to the Scottish Parliament. Ms Rehman said:
“OPFS has embarked on one of the most important phases in its history. Our strategic vision will set out a goal of increasing the number of families whose lives we aim to transform over the next five years. The new base will allow for better collaboration across teams within OPFS while delivering important services across Scotland. Along with our highly skilled workforce, our new HQ will also be an exciting hub from which we will coordinate delivery of our support for families and flexible childcare services. We look forward to expanding the amount of support we offer to single parents and their children to achieve their potential from our new headquarters in central Edinburgh.”
OPFS say the new premises will provide more efficient and modern facilities in the right location, enabling OPFS to cater for the growing demand for their services.
Malcolm Chisholm to cut the ribbon at the entrance to 2, York Place in Edinburgh and to say a few words.
Mr Chisholm has a long history of supporting single parents as well as OPFS. He was formerly: a Labour MP for Leith 1992–2001, MSP from 1999–2016 and a Scottish Government minister 2001–2006. He was a Westminster Government Minister in Tony Blair’s first term in 1997; but resigned, with great personal dignity, over single parent benefit cuts.